GymHawks drop close dual in Minneapolis

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 17, 2011 7:10 AM

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The Iowa women’s gymnastics team lost to Minnesota, 195.325-194.825, in Minneapolis on Jan. 15. However, the team’s score bettered its performance at Michigan State on Jan. 7 by an entire point.

Despite minor mistakes that accounted for the loss, head coach Larissa Libby said in a release she was pleased with the team’s improvement.

While the seniors struggled at Michigan State and the underclassmen had to pick up the slack, the veteran gymnasts were well in control at Minnesota.

Senior Rebecca Simbhudas claimed first place in the all-around with a score of 39.25. Simbhudas placed first on beam with a score of 9.850 and second on floor exercise with 9.825. Senior Houry Gebeshian also led the team with a second-place all-around score, claiming first in bars (9.850) and second on vault (9.8). Senior Andrea Hurlburt also improved her beam score from her performance at Michigan State by 0.8, finishing at 9.75.

“The overall leadership and level of performance from our seniors tonight was tremendous,” Libby said. “The focus they showed made a large difference, and you could see it spread throughout the team.”

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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